this is the third 156 i have owned but i have a few issues with it at the moment.
It's a full service history 71k car and mechanically strong (or so it seemed)
Clutch - the clutch slipped a little about two weeks ago (high revs versus fourth gear on a change down) but has not slipped since HOWEVER, the biting point is at the very top of the pedal. Probably only 1/2" into it's travel - it bites and does not slip but need some advice. Is it due a DMF and clutch change? Or is it a bleeding issue or master/slave cylinder thing?
I have a 600 mile round trip coming up soon and am wary. Very wary.
Also my brake fluid light (this is the (!) one right?) is on along with the ABS light,.... i have checked the fluid and it is midway between min and max so it doesn't seem as though it has any leaks - do the clutch hydraulics use the same reservoir? could this and the clutch issue be linked?
I have tried the ABS out in action and it is inoperative. i.e.; the brakes lock up - well, the left rear first which is a tad scary.
Last issue is the car takes an age to warm up and then only sits 1/4 of the way up the temp gauge - i have a new temp sensor to fit to the thermostat body - could this cure it if the old one is mis-reading?
I've built a couple of hotrods so i'm not alien to spanner work but i am on a tight budget so want to avoid taking it to a garage - even an independent alfa garage quoted me £1k+vat for a DMF and clutch swap - best price i have found for just the parts DMF & clutch is £455 for the pair. Is this the best i can get and is the clutch swap a viable single handed diy proposition?
I'd appreciate some good, sound advice if anyone with strong experience can help - it would be much welcomed.